The Return of the Musketeers, or The Treasures of Cardinal Mazarin

The Return of the Musketeers, or The Treasures of Cardinal Mazarin (Russian: Возвращение мушкетёров, или Сокровища кардинала Мазарини, romanizedVozvrashchenie mushketyorov, ili Sokrovishcha kardinala Mazarini) is a 2009 Russian musical film directed by Georgi Yungvald-Khilkevich.

The Return of the Musketeers, or
The Treasures of Cardinal Mazarin
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Directed byGeorgi Yungvald-Khilkevich
Produced byOleg Chamin
Veronika Rozhkova
Written byAlexandre Dumas, père
Georgi Yungvald-Khilkevich
Anton Markov
Yuri Blikov
StarringMikhail Boyarsky
Veniamin Smekhov
Igor Starygin
Valentin Smirnitsky
Music byMaksim Dunayevsky
CinematographySergei Tartyshnikov
Edited byTamara Prokopenko
Distributed byNew One Production
Release date
  • 4 February 2009 (2009-02-04)
Running time
110 min.


The film begins with the final scene of The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later, an 1847-1850 novel by Alexander Dumas. The musketeers Aramis and Porthos are killed in a fight against royal guardsmen. After sensing their deaths, Athos commits suicide by poisoning himself in his own estate. While serving in the Franco-Dutch War as commander of the royal troops, d'Artagnan eventually becomes a Marshal of France as it was predicted by Athos at the Siege of La Rochelle, but is killed by a cannonball at the Siege of Maastricht after barely getting the cherished baton. The friends, who had hitherto been invincible and inseparable, suddenly die in one day.

At this point, a total muddle reigns inside France. In the Parliament, fierce debates rage over the stealing from the treasury, for which Cardinal Mazarin, who secretly left France with the royal treasure, is truly responsible. Yet, the Parliament and the people find Queen Anne of Austria, a lover of Mazarin, guilty. As her honor's defenders are no longer alive, the queen feels an urgent need to find new ones. Those are the musketeers' children—Jacqueline the daughter of d'Artagnan, Raul the son of Athos, Henry the son of Aramis, and Angelica the daughter of Porthos. The captain of the Royal Guards, Leon, initially stands against the formed quartet, until he finds out he is the son of Porthos.

After the death of Cardinal Mazarin in England, his treasure passes to the Society of Jesus along with the Templar Ring that grants immortality in accordance with the legends. When the young heroes try to take back the wealth belonging to France and its queen, they are taken prisoner, while Raul is killed in an unequal skirmish. The souls of their fathers excitedly and powerlessly observe their children's adventures before a sincere prayer by d'Artagnan returns them to earth, giving a chance to save the descendants and the queen's honor. The sworn enemy of d'Artagnan, the guardsman de Jussac, revives along with them and also seeks the treasure.

As a result, the children are back together with their parents, the treacherous Jesuits are defeated and the queen's honor has finally been retained. Nevertheless, the musketeers refuse to use the retrieved Templar Ring and choose to stay together in the otherworld.



Initial filming began on 15 June 2007 in the Ukrainian village of Fontanka, situated in the close proximity to the Black Sea.[2] Filming later took place in Odessa, Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Lviv, Svirzh, Moscow and Saint Peterburg.[3] The production involved about 1,200 people, including extras.[4]


The Return of the Musketeers premiered at the Oktyabr Cinema in Moscow on 4 February 2009.[5] A longer director's cut version was broadcast on Channel One on 4 November 2009.[6]


The film received mostly negative reviews. It holds 2.7 out of 10 at KinoPoisk.[7] The film critic Alex Exler noted that the film looks like a parody on the previous Musketeers films and is "so miserable and awful that it is even worth watching—such an explosion of brains is rarely seen".[8]


  1. ^ "The Return of the Musketeers". Russian Film Group. Archived from the original on 10 July 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  2. ^ Pavlova, Snezhana (15 June 2007). Мушкетеров запрут в Белгород-Днестровской крепости. Komsomolskaya Pravda v Ukraine (in Russian). Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  3. ^ Мушкетеры возвращаются. Творчество звезд. Kino (in Russian). 27 August 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  4. ^ Kozyreva, Tatyana (6 February 2009). Опять скрипит потертое седло. Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (in Russian). Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  5. ^ Alperina, Susanna; Naralenkova, Oksana (5 February 2009). "Мушкетеры в новом свете". Rossiyskaya Gazeta (in Russian). Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  6. ^ Poluychik, Pavel (4 November 2009). Полная версия «Возвращения мушкетеров» на Первом канале сразу после программы «Время» (in Russian). Channel One. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  7. ^ Возвращение мушкетеров (in Russian). KinoPoisk. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  8. ^ Exler, Alex (2 March 2009). Возвращение мушкетеров, или Сокровища кардинала Мазарини. (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-12-19.

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